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Many medical tests require the careful review of an expert in order to render an accurate diagnosis, but that is not what happened inside the walls of VA hospitals. Veterans in New York and elsewhere who were examined for possible brain damage were recently notified that their diagnoses were likely wrong because of the people charged with reviewing the tests. Now, at least one veteran has taken action through a medical malpractice claim.

Traumatic brain injuries can seriously impact victims' lives. Despite just how serious the matter can be, the VA routinely allowed interns and other unqualified individuals examine veterans for this terrifying disease. One veteran underwent further testing after a primary physician observed symptoms that seemed to indicate he might be suffering from TBI. According to VA policy, diagnosing TBI can only be made by four different specialists, none of which performed the evaluation for this vet. Instead, a student of psychology examined him and made the call that he had not suffered any type of injury.

Dissatisfied with his care, the veteran turned elsewhere for a second opinion. A neurosurgeon who is not associated with the VA hospital system determined that the man was indeed suffering from TBI. He pointed to the man's ongoing symptoms as well as his background of injury when he was exposed to a car bomb while deployed.

His medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the VA acted negligently in allowing an intern to perform his examination, but he is sadly far from the only victim. When it comes to TBI, approximately 25,000 veterans who were seen at various VA hospital locations were not examined by the proper specialists. New York patients who continue to suffer from a serious disease or injury because of a missed diagnosis understand just how serious this can be. For many, successfully navigating a medical malpractice claim is one of the best options for achieving compensation that can cover the cost of medical bills, pain and suffering and emotional trauma.

Source:, "Vet sues VA, claims interns made medical decisions", Mike Rush, Aug. 16, 2016

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